Upcoming offerings

Look for community-wide emails about summer workshop offerings and times in late spring.

Past events

2010 (summer)
2010 distance education
2002 (March and August)



The summer workshop series, a faculty development program begun in 2001, focuses on pedagogical “best practice” themes rooted in the liberal arts tradition. 

Workshop subjects have included themes on everything from critical thinking (i.e. “Critical Thinking in the Classroom,” 2003; “Critical Thinking in Gen Ed Classes and Beyond,” 2005), to teaching strategies emphasizing cognitive/affective learning, small group instruction, classroom discussions, assignment design, and visual learning techniques  (i.e. “Considering the Cognitive/Affective in Your Classroom,” 2006; “Teaching with Your Mouth Shut,” 2004; “Improving Oral Discussions,” 2006; “Designing Assignments,” 2006 and 2015; “The Power of Image in the Classroom,” 2008)., Carnegie program, 2004).

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

A consistent component of the center’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), a program begun in 2001, has been summer workshops that emphasize writing instruction across the academic community as faculty in these workshops build on college-level writing skills that students receive in their first-year composition courses (WAC has been a component of all summer workshops, and the central theme in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014). 

The center’s WAC program encourages the practice of designing and evaluating writing assignments that will allow students to write frequently in order to encourage deeper, more critical learning. 

Our goal here is to support faculty in their endeavors to give students abundant opportunities to practice discipline-specific conventions of writing. This goal reflects the university’s emphasis on reason and builds on assumptions that excellent teaching emphasizing critical learning and writing provides students with both skills that are employable and skills to become independent thinkers.